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Permit dropped on tractor movement

By Dairy News

FARMERS WILL now be able to move tracked tractors on Victorian roads, following regulatory changes to bring Victoria into line with other states.

Victorian Farmers Federation grains group president Ashley Fraser said it was critical for Victoria to have common sense agricultural machinery regulation which removed the unnecessary red tape that hindered efficient grain production.

“We have been working with VicRoads and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to amend outdated regulation that prohibited rubber tracked tractors from moving on Victorian roads without a permit,” Mr Fraser said.

“The updated regulation means that grain farmers can now more easily move their tracked tractors efficiently between paddocks without needing to apply for a permit every time.

“These changes bring Victorian requirements in line with other states, and significantly reduce the regulatory burden for farmers during key production times such as sowing and harvest.

“We thank VicRoads and NHVR for their partnership in updating and improving the regulations, and look forward to continuing to work together on improving agricultural machinery regulation.”

Tracked tractors are an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional dual rubber tyre tractor as they minimise the impact on soils and crops.

The NHVR has updated the requirements for rubber tracked tractors operating in Victoria, as follows:

travel at a maximum speed of 30 km/h; and

where practicable, avoid turning movements on road surfaces, particularly sealed pavements, to minimise road damage.”

More information can be found in the NHVR’s National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice Operator’s Guide at www.nhvr.gov.au/files/201904–1043-national-class-1-agricultural-vehicle-and-combination-operators-guide.pdf